Muscularly Enlarged Neanderthals aka Men. Well, maybe that is not what men stands for, but it’s damn sure close!
We are testosterone based which makes us hairy, more muscular than females, and often times hard-headed when you try to reason with us. As teens, we are true assholes that know everything and are indestructible. In our twenties, the brain finally forms fully, and we begin to calm down with life’s responsibilities. I’d say Neanderthal characteristics are still in effect during this time because the sense of immortality still lingers until we hit 30.
Into our 30’s men learn what being a father and husband means. Our friendship circle changes from only college and high school friends to couples’ outings if we’re married and hanging out with coworkers. We go to bed earlier, wake up earlier on purpose! Hangovers hurt more and something happens with our waistlines and hairlines, one gets bigger and the other smaller in the wrong directions. Domestic stresses of home ownership, honey do lists, and shuttling kids around to dances and sports.
I can only speak of what I know, and that knowledge stops in the 40’s decade. Sedentary life begins to take affect from a lack of exercise the previous 10-12 years. Extra weight stays on and doesn’t come off through half-hearted attempts at dieting or doing some fad exercise program for a week. Our testosterone levels begin to dip, and we don’t feel as strong anymore. It takes us a few minutes to warm-up and aches and pains linger past where we think they should. College expenses are for real and maybe a Brady Bunch family happens after divorce and a second shot at marriage.
The constant through all of this is the accumulation of poor health habits that lead to serious health risk factors into our 50’s and beyond. June is National Men’s Health Month and when we have Father’s Day to celebrate one of our major achievements of raising offspring. One of the best features of the human body is its resiliency. Regardless of how bad you treated it in the past, there is opportunity to completely change the future. No, you can’t naturally grow back your hair without weaves and potions. You also can’t recover quickly from a hard night of drinking anymore. What you can do is make small daily changes that add up to major positive outcomes in 90 days or less.
Look at your father and his health, what kind of picture is he? Remember, the beer can doesn’t fall far from the trailer, so if you do not want to follow in those footsteps, the time is now to make those edits. Here’s how:
- Cut down the alcohol to weekends only and find more ways to drink water daily
- Meal prep for taking lunch into work and better choices at dinner (also saves $$$)
- Get 150 minutes per week of moderate-to-vigorous exercise (21 minutes per day)
Life is a process, and the results of these actions will not all become apparent until a few months down the road. Changing a habit, good or bad, takes 60-65 days, so this will be a challenge with ups and downs. Nowhere did I mention bench press 300 lbs, run 10 miles a day, or eat only tofu. Stop making up bullshit excuses like these. Any man can adapt to these changes over time and turn their lives around. Your LIFE DEPENDS ON IT AS WELL AS THOSE WHO RELY UPON YOU.
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